Date: 16th May 2016 at 1:15pm
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When Arsenal signed Mikel Arteta from Everton in 2011 a lot of people said he was a “panic buy” after a disastrous start to the season.

Well even if he was he turned out to be a great signing for the club. Arteta brought an air of professionalism with him, he`d been around the game for such a long time he had much to teach the young players at our club.

While he may not have set the world on fire in an Arsenal shirt his experience on and off the field as been invaluable for The Gunners. Everyone involved with Arsenal Football Club simply loves the Lego haired wonder.

Arteta took to the field for the final time as an Arsenal player yesterday and scored in the last minute of the season (yeah screw you dubious goals panel, he`s having that one!) and following the game said a teary goodbye to the Arsenal faithful that put lumps in the throats of even the most black hearted of Gooners.

Speaking with after the game Mikel announced his retirement but hopes to continue in the sport.

“I have to take some time. I`m 99 per cent sure I will stop playing football. I have different options now to continue in relation to this magnificent sport. I need to sit down with my family and decide what is best for me and for football in general in the next chapter.”

Arteta went on to speak about the emotions of his last day as a player at the club.

“It’s a day I will never forget, I can only thank everyone for how you have all behaved with me and my family in those magnificent five years. When you leave the club is when you see what you mean to people and how you feel about the club. My emotions and the way I feel about the people cannot be any better. I was very scared about this day because 99 per cent, that was my last game as a professional footballer. I can’t even talk. I feel very honoured to play for this club and captain this place. This club is class and once you are here you never forget it. It’s going to be hard for me to move on, but I really enjoyed today.”

Mikel is the kind of guy you just know will make a great coach and teacher to young players and with our history of bringing back legends of our club in different capacities it would be no big surprise to see Arteta back at the club one day in another role.

Good luck Mikel and thanks for everything you`ve done.

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